May 2011

5/20 in Yankee History

2006: A uniform worn by Joe DiMaggio in his final World Series game is sold for $195,500 during the second day of an auction of his memorabilia. The previous day, DiMag’s 1947 AL MVP award plaque was sold for $281,750, which included a 15 %  buyer’s premium. It was his third MVP award, but it was the only plaque. The two-day auction features more than 1,000 items of Yankee Clipper memorabilia, also including a leather-bound album featuring autographs from DiMaggio’s teammates and members of the Red Sox, a typed note signed by Frank Sinatra, and a signed photo of DiMaggio’s one-time wife, Marilyn Monroe. The auction is held by Hunt’s Auctions Inc. in New York.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida.


1976: At the Stadium, Carl Yastrzemski clubs 2 homers‚ giving him 5 in two games‚ to tie a ML mark. Boston win‚ 8-2. Boston pitcher Bill Lee injures his arm in a fight with Yankee players‚ ending up on the bottom of a pile of players. Lee never really recovers from the injury although he will win 16 games with the Expos in 1979. The brawl starts when Lou Piniella‚ running on Dwight Evans, is gunned down at the plate and barrels into Carlton Fisk. Both come up swinging and both benches clear. Lee then blames Martin for espousing a fighting style that brought the brawl on. In 2006, Lee gives an interview to the Marin Independent Journal where he recounts how the Red Sox treated his injury “They’re going, ‘Here take this, take this, take this.’ Afterwards I’ve got sterazolidin, butazolidin, Clenerol, Indicin. I’ve got everything in me. I can pitch in the American League, but I couldn’t run in the Kentucky Derby. Holy cow, I’m glowing in the dark.”


1959: The Yankees sink to last place for the first time since May 25‚ 1940‚ as Detroit drub them 13-6. Fittingly‚ it is Yankee Killer Frank Lary who wins it‚ improving his lifetime record against New York to 18-5.


1952: Playing center field and batting third, Mickey Mantle displays his switch-hitting skills by collecting two singles
from each side of the plate. His first two hits are against righty Ken Holcombe, while the last two come off lefty Chuck Stobbs. Johnny Sain scatters six White Sox hits to win‚ 3-1.


1948: At Chicago‚ Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle and adds another homer to drive in six runs‚ as the Yanks coast‚ 13-2. DiMag almost has a 6th extra base hit‚ but left fielder Ralph Hodgin makes a spectacular catch at the wall. Johnny Lindell adds a homer to back Vic Raschi’s pitching over Orval Grove,  who lasts 5 innings. DiMaggio is the first Yankee in eight years to hit for the cycle. DiMag last cycled in 1937‚ when he also added a second homer:  He remains the only Yankee to cycle twice.


1946: A state Supreme Court justice has armed the Yankees with an injunction against the raiding Mexican League‚ and the Dodgers and the Cardinals have also turned to the courts for protection and damages. Before any of the relief becomes permanent‚ however, Max Lanier, Fred Martin and Lou Klein  jump back to the Redbirds.

Also off the field, future Yankee star and broadcaster Bobby Murcer is born. We miss you, Bobby – RIP.


1945: In St. Louis, Pete Gray stars as the Browns sweep a pair from the Yankees, 10-1 and 5-2. Gray has 2 RBI on 3 hits in the opener‚ and in the nightcap he scores the winning run and hauls in 7 fly balls‚ 3 on spectacular catches.


1940: The Yankees slide back into last place‚ getting scalped by the Indians 10-2. Al Smith allows just 3 NY hits.

1934: Yankee prospect and San Francisco Seals (PCL) star Joe DiMaggio tears the cartilage in his left knee exiting from a jitney
taxi and will miss six weeks of action.


1925: At Cleveland, the Yankee bullpen collapses as the Indians score 6 runs in the last of the 9th to win 10-9. Tris Speakerscores the winning run from first on a single. Waite Hoyt takes the loss for the Bombers.


1922: Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel (and since-traded pitcher Bill Piercy)‚ suspended on October16‚ 1921‚ by Judge Landis‚ are reinstated and return to the New York lineup, going hitless in New York’s 8-2 loss to the rallying Browns at the Polo Grounds. The Browns‚ down 2-0 after 7‚ score one in the 8th and 7 in the 9th‚ six of them coming after the game-ending out is called by ump Ollie Chill at first base. Pitcher Sam Jones‚ taking the throw at first from Wally Pipp,  apparently makes the third out and fans swarm the field. But Jones does not hold onto the ball cleanly in the judgement of plate ump Brick Owens, and the chief arbiter instructs Chill to make a safe call. The tying run scores on the play and‚ when the action resumes 15 minutes later‚ Wally Gerber singles to make the score 3-2. Walks to George Sisler and Ken Williams force home another run‚ and Baby Doll Jacobson  clears the bases with a grand slam into the right field stands
to complete the scoring. Winner Urban Shocker allows just three hits‚ including a two-run homer by second baseman Aaron Ward. The loss to Jones starts him on a 10-game losing streak‚ while a severe Ban Johnson will let umpire Ollie Chill go after the season.


1920: Infielder Wilson ‘Chick’ Fewster reports back to the Yankees.
Fewster was beaned in spring training and spent a month in a Baltimore
hospital.He will recover sufficiently to get the first hit in Yankee Stadium history on April 18, 1923, in a Red Sox uniform

1913: The Yankees obtain 22-year-old shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh from Cleveland‚ sending in exchange pitchers Bill Stumpf and Jack Lelivelt. Peckinpaugh played in fewer than 100 games over 3
seasons‚ but will start in New York. The Yankees win today‚ beating the Browns
6-3‚ but St. Louis will shut out New York in the next 2 games.


1907: In the Highlanders’ 4-1 win over Boston, New York shortstop Kid Elberfeld becomes the first player in American league history to steal home twice in one game. The thefts account for half of his team’s total tallies.


1897: Wilcy Moore, mainstay of the Yankee bullpen on the championship teams of 1927 and ’28, is born.


5/19 in Yankee History

2006: In interleague play, David Wright wins the first Subway Series game of the year between the two New York City teams when he hits a two-out RBI single off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Mets a 7 – 6 victory over the Yankees.


2002: Roger Clemens is dominant in a 3-0 blanking of the Twins at the Stadium.  Not only does the Rocket equal Bert Blyleven on the all-time win list at 282, it is also his 99th career start with 10 strike outs or more, as he whiffs 13 while allowing five hits over eight.  Alfonso Soriano scores from first on a single in the 1st, and Robin Ventura closes the scoring with a two-run blast in the 6th. Matt Kinney is the hard-luck loser, and Mariano Rivera for the save.

2001: As the Yankees defeat the Mariners 2-1, both Ichiro Suzuki’s and Marty Cordova’s hit streaks end. Ichiro’s 23-game skein was the fifth longest hit streak recorded by a ‘true’ rookie.


1998: The Yankees defeat the Orioles‚ 9-5‚ in a game marked by a brawl which results in 5 ejections. Players involved will be suspended for a total of 18 games. The melee begins when Baltimore reliever Armando Benitez hits Tino Martinez in the back with a pitch following an 8th-inning home run by Bernie Williams.


1960: The Yankees send infielder Andy Carey to the A’s for slugger Bob Cerv. Cerv had been with the Yanks for 5 years before going to KC where he banged 38 HRs in 1958 and was chosen as the AL left fielder in the All Star game over Ted Williams. Cerv will be claimed in the expansion draft in 1960 and the Yanks will again reacquire him.


1957: At Yankee Stadium‚ New York knock out Bob Lemon and top Cleveland 6-3. Mickey Mantle hits a homer in the 6th inning rally‚ his 6th off the future Hall of Famer.

1954: Happy birthday to Rick Cerone, Yankee starting catcher during the first half of the ’80s, and front office man after his playing days.


1929: One of the darkest days in the history of Yankee Stadium.

In a game with the Red Sox, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back homers in the 3rd off Jack Russell, but in the 5th, a cloudburst sends a standing-room-only crowd rushing for the exits. A stampede in the right field bleachers leaves 2 dead and 62 injured. Jake Ruppert vows never again to sell more tickets than seats. There are 2 outs in the 5th when the contest is stopped at 3-0.

1928: Gil McDougald, all-purpose utility infielder for the great Yankee teams of the ’50s, is born.


1910: The Highlanders overcome losing a base runner in the 10th inning to a hidden ball trick and beat Cleveland‚ 4-3. Hal Chase is the victim when first baseman George Stovall nabs him.


5/18 in Yankee History

The red-letter day -

1946: Reggie Jackson is born. Happy birthday, Mr. October!


On other 18ths of May…

2005: The Mariners defeat the Yankees‚ 7-6‚ to snap New York’s 10-game winning streak. Tom Gordon takes the loss for the Bombers.


2001: The Yanks stop Seattle’s 8-game win streak by a 14-10 margin. Ex-Mariner Tino Martinez is 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 ribbies. John Halama is the loser with 7 runs in 3 IP. Ichiro Suzuki is 3-for-6 with 2 steals to extend his hitting streak to 23 games.


1999: Joe Torre returns to the dugout for the first time since being treated for prostate cancer. The Red Sox spoil the party, however, by beating the Yankees 6-3 behind Pedro Martinez.

1976: The Yankees trade  pitcher Ken Brett and outfielder Rich Coggins to the White Sox for outfielder Carlos May.

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1974: Former Yankee co-owner Dan Topping (right) dies at the age of 61.


1969: Joe Pepitone is the Yankees’ offense today as his mates sweep the Angels 3-1 and 1-0. Pepi hits a 3-run homer in game 1 to give Mel Stottlemyre the victory and his walkoff blast  in the nitecap off Hoyt Wilhelm hands the victory to reliever Steve Hamilton.


1962: Mickey Mantle suffers a groin strain and torn muscles in his right thigh‚ and injures his left knee trying to leg out an infield hit that becomes the final out of New York’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota. He will be sidelined for a month.


1956: Mickey Mantle homers from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career‚ eclipsing the mark of Jim Russell. The shots come off Billy Pierce and the Dixie Howell‚ the second tying the game. Mantle and Yogi Berra‚ the AL’s top home run hitters‚ combine for 20 bases as the visiting New Yorkers nip Chicago 8-7 in 10 innings.


1955: At the Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle’s 8th inning grand slam off Mike Fornieles powers the Yankees past the White Sox‚ 11-6. In the play before Mantle’s blast‚ a grounder was ruled a dead ball after Hank Bauer interfered with Nellie Fox at 2nd‚ leaving the sacks jammed. The Sox lose Minnie Minoso for 2 weeks with a hairline fracture of the skull after he is hit by a pitch from Bob Grim.

1947: Early Yankee star Hal Chase dies at the age of 64.

1940: The Yanks vacate last place by beating the White Sox‚ 3-0‚ behind Monte Pearson’s 2-hitter.


1930: George Pipgras tosses his third shutout of the season as the Yankees again back his pitching by bombing the Red Sox 11-0 in Boston. Babe Ruth clocks an Ed Morris pitch over the right field bleachers‚ one of the longest homers ever at Fenway.


1926: In the 8th inning at the Stadium‚ rookie sensation Tony Lazzeri clouts a long drive over center fielder Johnny Mostil’s head that he will leg out for an inside-the-park grand slam, as the Yanks come from behind to beat the White Sox 5-3


1919: The Yankees sell veteran Dutch Leonard‚ acquired in December from Boston‚ to Detroit.


1909: The Yankees sell infielder Neal Ball to the Cleveland Naps. On the 19th of July, in a game against the Red Sox, Ball will execute the first unassisted triple play in modern MLB history.

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5/17 in Yankee History

The red-letter day-

1998: David Wells hurls the 13th perfect game in modern major league history with a 4-0 win over Minnesota. Wells fans 11 batters in his masterpiece.  Bernie Williams strokes 3 hits for New York‚ including a home run.


On other 17ths of May…

2002: After the Twins score 3 times in the top of the 14th‚ the Yankees come back to win‚ 13-12‚ on Jason Giambi’s one-out grand slam‚ hitting the first pitch from reliever Mike Trombley over the right field fence. It is the 21st time in history that a player has hit a walkoff grand slam with his team down by three runs. Babe Ruth‚ in 1925‚ was the only previous Yankee to have performed the feat. Giambi’s shot is one of 6 by New York as each team has 20 hits. The last time that two teams reached 20 hits was also on May 17, in 1996. Baltimore beat Seattle‚ 13-12 on 41 hits total.


1977: Sparky Lyle‚ in relief of Ron Guidry‚ pitches 6 scoreless innings and the Yanks push across 3 runs in the 15th to defeat Oakland‚ 5-2.

1967: Behind 8-2 to the Indians at the Stadium‚ the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th inning. The big blows are back-to-back homers by Tom Tresh and Mickey Mantle into the right field bleachers. New York fall short‚ losing‚ 8-7.


1964: In the opener of a doubleheader with the A’s at home, Mickey Mantle’s 2-run blast in the 1st starts the scoring and New York outscore KC 11-9. In the nightcap, Whitey Ford tosses a 4-hitter as the home side roll, 8-0.

1961: Rogers Maris connects for his 4th homer‚ and his first of the year at Yankee
Stadium‚ against the Senators. The slugger  will
hit an incredible 24 homers in his next 38 games.

1953: In the first game of a twinbill, the Yanks and Browns use 41 players to set a new Major League record – the Bombers will use 23 men in winning 6-5 in 10 innings. The Browns jump on Whitey Ford‚ threatening to hand the lefty his first defeat ever as a starter‚ but 3 relievers bail him out. Don Larsen goes 9 1/3 for the Browns‚ with Mike Blyzka losing.


1947: The Yanks sweep a pair from the White Sox by 4-3 scores. Spec Shea wins the opener‚ collecting three hits and scoring two runs. Joe DiMaggio’s homer in the bottom of the 9th‚ off Gordie Maltzberger‚ is the winner. Bill Dickey’s brother George has a pair of hits and a stolen base for the White Sox. In the nitecap‚ George McQuinn has three hits and scores the winning run in the 8th to break up the pitching duel between Spud Chandler and Chicago’s Ed Lopat.


1913: In Chicago‚ 35‚000+ jam temporarily enlarged Comiskey Park on ‘Frank Chance Day.’ The Yankee manager is presented with a giant horseshoe of flowers by Governor Dunne and Mayor Harrison gives him the keys to Chicago. Sox manager Callahan is given a small harp of green and white flowers. To the crowd’s roar of approval‚ Chance takes over at first from Hal Chase, but bounces out in his one turn at bat. The Sox beat the visitors‚ 6-3‚ behind Reb Russell. The 35‚000 crowd‚ kept down by the weather‚ are short of the AL mark set by the Yankees (38‚281) and even short of the Comiskey mark of 36‚308.

Chance signing his 1913 contract with Yankee co-owner Frank Ferrell

5/13 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

In Cleveland‚ fans have no trouble telling the players apart‚ as both
teams wear numbers on their uniform backs for the first time in Major
League history. The Indians beat the Yanks 4-3‚ despite a homer by New
York’s Mark Koenig off Willis Hudlin in the 6th inning. Also in the 6th‚
Yankee catcher Bill Dickey records three assists. For New York‚ it is
their 3rd loss after 6 straight wins.


                                         The 1929 Yankees

On other 13ths of May…

The Yanks finally lose to a below .500 team as the Orioles double them
up 10-5. Paul O’Neill hits a 2-out‚ 2-run homer in the 9th to tie‚ but
the O’s score 5 runs off Mariano Rivera in the top of the 11th to win.
The big hit in the worst blown save of the Yankee closer’s career is
Jeff Conine’s HR.


The Diamondbacks defeat the Padres‚ 6-2‚ as Todd Stottlemyre wins the
136th game of his career. His dad, Mel, won 164 games in a 10-year
career spent entirely with the Yankees, and the two now become the first
father-son duo to combine for 300 wins.



Tino Martinez continues his hot hitting with a home run in the Yankees’
7-run 6th inning‚ as New York beat the Twins 11-2. Bernie Williams
belts a solo homer in the 5th to snap a 2-2 tie. Martinez’s homer‚ his
15th‚ leaves him one behind Ken Griffey and puts him in select Yankee
company: only Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth (4 times) have hit 15 homers
in the first 40 games of a season. The defending World Series champions
have won 17 of their last 23‚ while the Twins lose for the 16th time in
20 games. 


Ed Figueroa pitches his fourth straight complete game‚ and Thurman
Munson cracks a 7th inning homer to lead New York to a 3-0 win over the


In the opener of a doubleheader at the Stadium, the Yankees tie a Major
League  record by hitting 4 solo homers in a shutout game in which no
other runs are scored. The mark was originally set by Cleveland on
August 2‚ 1956. Roy White‚ Bobby Murcer‚ Ron Blomberg and Graig Nettles
all go long in the 4-0 win over Baltimore. Mel Stottlemyre is the
winner. The Yanks jump on Dave McNally for 5 runs in game 2 but score
zero when Eddie Watts contributes 4 innings of relief.  The Orioles win‚


It’s Friday the 13th, and bad luck for the Tigers as Mickey Mantle
homers from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career. In
all‚ Mantle has 3 roundtrippers‚ the first two lefty against starter
Steve Gromek‚ and the third off Bob Miller‚ all to the deep reaches of
the bleachers in right center. The Mick adds a single to complete a
total of 5 RBIs, accounting for all of his team’s runs as New York beat
Detroit 5-2. Whitey Ford goes seven innings for the win. Mantle joins
Tony Lazzeri (1927)‚ Ben Chapman (1932)‚ and Bill Dickey (1939) as the
only Yanks to hit three homers in a game at the Stadium. 


At Philadelphia’s Shibe Park‚ Mickey Mantle hits his first righty
homer‚ off Alex Kellner‚ in the majors‚ then makes the last out by
popping up his bunt attempt with the tying run on 3rd. The A’s win 5-4‚
then win the nitecap as well. Mantle has no homers in the 2nd game loss‚
but misses 2nd base on a hit.


1947: The Yankees pound the Browns 9-1 with Charlie Keller‚ Joe
DiMaggio  and Johnny Lindell combining for consecutive homers off
starter Fred Sanford in the 6th inning. 


The Yankees become the first Major League team to sign a contract with
an airline to fly on a regular basis‚ as they take a United flight to
St. Louis to take on the Browns. Red Ruffing and four others choose to
take the train.


1945: Atley Donald is victorious over
the Indians 1-0 in 10 innings when New York break through against
pitcher Red Embree. A walk‚ a bunt single‚ a sac bunt and a sac fly by
Russ Derry plate the run. Atley is 13-1 against the Tribe‚ with his
only loss coming on August 21‚ 1941 when Feller won‚ 2-0. Cleveland win
the second game of the twinbill 4-2‚ behind Steve Gromek’s 7-hitter. 


Joe DiMaggio replaces Lou Gehrig as the Yankees cleanup hitter and
drives in three runs‚ as the Yankees trip the Browns‚ 4-2. Gehrig‚
hitting 5th gets a double after going hitless in his last 21 at bats.
Tommy Henrich‚ making his second appearance‚ bats third. He collects a
pair of singles. Winning pitcher Lefty Gomez is the only Yankee without a


1934: Lou Gehrig victimizes
Cleveland’s Lloyd Brown with a grand slam for the second time when he
launches one his first time up in the game. Ben Chapman also homers and
triples twice as the Yanks roll before a Sunday Stadium crowd of 35,000,


5/12 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1925: Yogi Berra is born. Happy birthday to a national treasure! 


On other 12ths of May…

2009: Chien-Ming Wang, who has been struggling ever since coming back from a baserunning foot injury in ’08, is sent from the Yanks to AAA Scranton-Wilkes
Barre to try to build some arm strength in the minors.


2002:  The Yankees top Minnesota on Mother’s Day‚ 10-4‚ giving Joe Torre his 1‚500th career win as manager.


2001: The Yankees extend their
hard-to-say major league record of 15 straight wins since the start of a
season over teams with a below .500 record. They beat the Orioles‚ 8-5‚
on Derek Jeter’s 3-run HR in the 8th. David Justice and Bernie Williams
also homer for NY.


1996: The Yankees fall behind 8-0 to the White Sox at Comiskey Park, and then make it all the way back to win, 9-8. The comeback is completed by a 5- run Yankee 6th, keyed by 2-run doubles from Paul O’Neill and Joe Girardi.


1982: The Yankees send infielder Larry
Milbourne, along with minor leaguers John Pacella and Pete Filson, to
the Twins in exchange for catcher Butch Wynegar and pitcher Roger
Erickson and cash. The Twins’ frugal owner‚ Calvin Griffith‚ is roundly
criticized for the deals‚ in which he appears to be unloading
high-salaried veterans at the expense of a winning ball club. 


1962: Mickey Mantle goes 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and a homer to pace New York to a 9-6 victory at Cleveland. 


1961: In the 8th inning at the Stadium‚
Tiger player Rocky Colavito goes into the stands behind third base
after a drunken fan who has been heckling the outfielder’s wife and
father. Colavito is ejected‚ but the Tigers win in the 9th on pitcher
Frank Lary’s home run. For Lary‚ it is his 25th win over the Yankees
against just 8 losses.


1959: At the Stadium‚ Yogi Berra’s
errorless streak of 148 games comes to an end when he makes an error in
the 5th inning, throwing wild as he attempts to gun down Minnie Minoso
stealing. Berra also homers‚ as do Elston Howard and Mickey Mantle‚ but
New York lose 7-6 to the first-place Indians. 


1953: Whitey Ford allows only rival
pitcher Early Wynn’s infield single in the 6th in beating the Indians
7-0. The Yanks increase their lead to 2 games over the 2nd-place Tribe.


1946: A crowd of 69‚401‚ the largest in
Stadium history‚ watch the Yankees give the Red Sox 2 unearned runs and
manage just 3 hits off Mickey Harris‚ and lose to Boston‚ 3-1. The Sox
get just 3 hits off loser Spud Chandler.


Mickey Harris with Ted Williams and Rudy York before the game.

1940: Behind the six-hit pitching of
Red Ruffing‚ the Yankees beat the Bosox‚ 4-0‚ and stop New York’s 8-game
losing skid. New York (7-14) are still in last place while Boston
(16-6) sit atop the AL. 


1935: Felipe Alou, who played at first base and in the outfield for the Yankees in the early ’70s, is born. Happy 76th, F.A.!


1933: The Yankees sell pitcher George Pipgras and rookie shortstop Bill Werber to the Red Sox for $100,000.


1930: The Yankees waive pitcher Tom Zachary to the Boston Braves.



1919: After a scoreless 12-inning game the day before‚ the Yankees and
Senators complete 27 innings of action with no decision‚ going 15
innings in a 4-4 draw. Yankee lead off hitter George Halas goes hitless
for the second day in a row and ends his Major League career with just
22 at bats. He will decide to start the NFL instead.



1915: Yankee outfielder Roy Hartzell hits into a triple play, but his mates top the Indians anyway, 4-2.



1911: Playing against the Yankees at Detroit, Ty Cobb scores a run from
first on a short single to right‚ scores from second on a wild pitch‚
then doubles home two runs in the 7th to tie the game. When New York
catcher Ed Sweeney vehemently argues the call at the plate‚ the rest of
the infield gathers‚ leaving Cobb untended at second. With no time out
having been called‚ Cobb strolls to third base‚ and then ambles down the
line to observe the continuing argument. When he spots an opening in
the circle of players‚ he quickly slides in with what will prove to be
the winning run. The Tigers take the game 6-5.


1897: Joe Dugan, third baseman for the Murderers’ Row Yankees, is born.


5/11 in Yankee History

2006: The Yankees take the field at the Stadium against the Red Sox a bit undermanned, Gary Sheffield having
been placed on the disabled list the day before with what was hoped
to  be a minor wrist injury. Things take a still nastier turn eight
pitches in, when left fielder Hideki Matsui charges a soft liner off the bat of Mark Loretta and breaks his own right wrist on a diving attempt at the catch. A Loretta infield single in the seventh will also be the turning point in the game, as the Sox come from behind for a 5-3 win. Both Matsui and Sheffield will be lost for much of the year.


2000: The Devil Rays defeat the
Yankees‚ 1-0‚ behind the pitching of Steve Trachsel‚ who hurls the first
7 innings. Trachsel‚ who defeated the Red Sox 1-0 in his last start‚
becomes the 1st AL pitcher in 24 years to win back-to-back 1-0 games.
(Editor’s note: If Trachsel’s name rings a bell with trivia fans, it’s
because he gave up Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run to break Roger Maris’
record in 1998).


Citing a no-trade clause in his contract‚  Dave Winfield refuses to
report to the Angels after being traded for Mike Witt. Winfield will
eventually accept the trade on May 16th‚ ending his often stormy
relationship with  George Steinbrenner.


1981: Former Yankee outfielder Sammy Byrd dies at the age of 74. Byrd began his ML career by playing in the Bronx from 1929 to 1934, Babe Ruth’s
last years with the club, and he often ran for the Bambino late in games, earning him the nickname ‘Babe Ruth’s legs.’


1966: The Yankees
purchase shortsatop Dick Schofield from the Giants: they’ll trade him to
the Dodgers on September 10 for pitcher Thad Tillotson.

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Mel Stottlemyre stops the Red Sox 5-3 at Fenway‚ and Mickey Mantle
reaches base 4 times‚ once on his 6th homer of the year.


The Yankees trounce the Orioles‚ 13-1‚ beating Milt Pappas. Mickey
Mantle and Roger Maris each homer‚ the first time this year they’ve done
it together.


Airplane travel is still a baseball rarity‚ but a railroad strike
forces the Yankees and four other clubs – the Red Sox‚ Dodgers‚ Giants‚
and Reds – to fly  to play their next scheduled games. The Senators‚
with short hops in the prospect‚ will take the bus. 


1946: The
Yankees end a 15-game Red Sox winning streak‚ as Ernie ‘Tiny’ Bonham
beats Tex Hughson and Boo Ferriss 2-0 before 52‚011 at the Stadium.
Tommy Henrich hits a homer and accounts for both runs. The Red Sox are
21-4‚ 4 1/2 games ahead of the Yanks. The 15-game streak is still a Red
Sox record.


         ‘Tiny’ Bonham

The Red Sox top the Yankees 9-8 with 2 runs in the bottom of the 11th
after New York had taken the lead on Tommy Henrich’s second HR of the
game. Joe McCarthy benches Frankie Crosetti‚ hitting .150‚ but New York
(6-8) still lose their 8th in a row at home to drop into last place.
Meanwhile‚ Boston take their 6th straight. With Crosetti’s benching‚ he
ends his consecutive games played at 420‚ the longest current streak in
the majors.


The Yankees set down the Browns‚ 10-8‚ jumping on rookie Ewald Pyle for
three hits before he exits. Pyle is subbing for Bobo Newsom‚ out with a
skinned finger. Russ
the Fresno Flinger’
Van Atta‚  follows‚ and the Yanks score nine runs in four innings to
put the game out of reach. Bill Dickey has three hits to extend his
hitting streak to 13 games. Lou Gehrig does not play‚ but takes infield
practice and warms up Monte Pearson using a righty glove. New York now
lead by 1 1/2 games.


Tommy Henrich makes his Major League debut. The future mainstay of the
Yankee outfield goes 1 for 4, but White Sox pitcher Monte Stratton
scatters 7 hits in subduing the Yankees 7-2. Henrich‚ recently signed‚
was called up to take the place of Jake Powell‚ out with appendicitis.


In St. Louis‚ Babe Ruth belts his second homer in 2 days and his eighth
of the year‚ off Ernie Nevers‚ as the Yanks win 4-2. The shot passes to
the left of the center field flagpole in Sportsman’s Park‚ the longest
ball to date ever hit there. Not sparing the purple prose, Martin Haley
in the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes: ‘Homeric Herman careened the
animated leather for a sky-scraping bulls-eye into the distant
center-field bleachers‚ the ball clattering up the icy seats at the
point where the left-center and dead-center field sections conjoin.’


In the first legal Sunday game in New York for the Yankees‚ and after a
12 inning duel between Washington’s Walter Johnson and New York
spitballer Jack Quinn‚ neither team score. The Big Train allows a single
in the first and then retires the next 28 batters before giving up a
walk in the 10th. In a misinterpretation of the new rules‚ the game is
called at 6 p.m. by New York owner Jacob Ruppert.


1904: In the
opener of a 4-game series with the visiting Cleveland Blues‚ the New
York Highlanders prevail‚ 4-2‚ on a 2-run homer by Kid Elberfeld and a
pair of run-scoring singles by Deacon McGuire.
The New Yorkers will take 3 of the 4 games to move into a tie for second place.



5/10 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1936: Joe DiMaggio makes his Yankee Stadium debut.



The much-heralded rookie also hits his first ML home run‚ off the A’s George Turbeville. Lou Gehrig has 4
hits and two RBIs
to pace the Yanks to a 7-2 win.

On other 10ths of May…

2007: The Yankees get their first glimpse this year of The Remarkable Wang and his Amazing Non-sinking Sinker, as C.M. allows 11 hits and 7 runs through the 7th inning. Southpaw reliever Sean Henn suffers through an equally forgettable seven-run 8th in the 14-2 Texas drubbing, topped off by former Met Victor Diaz’s grand slam.


1996: David Cone undergoes surgery to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm


1965: At Fenway‚ the 9th place Yankees lose again‚ 3-2‚ when Carl
Yastrzemski outhits
a hobbling Mickey Mantle. Yaz collects a pair of homers and a sacrifice
fly‚ while the Mick is 3-for-4 with a homer. After Mantle doubles with
two outs in the 9th‚ starter Jim Lonborg is lifted and Dick Radatz gets
the final out. It is Lonborg’s first major league win. Before the game
the Yankees trade infielder Pedro Gonzalez to Cleveland in exchange for
first baseman Ray  Barker. Barker will help fill in for the injured
Roger Maris.


The Yanks sweep two from the Senators at the Stadium‚ winning 6-3 and
3-2 in 10 innings. Mickey Mantle’s homer in the 3rd inning of the opener
starts the Yanks scoring as they beat Chuck Stobbs. Mantle singles and
scores the winning run in the 10th of the nitecap. Yogi Berra has a HR
in the nitecap and sets a new ML record for consecutive errorless games
by a catcher with 148.


Vic Raschi makes his 1st relief appearance in 2 years‚ limiting the Red
Sox to 3 hits in 4 innings‚ as the Yankees win‚ 7-4. Billy Goodman
sustains a freak rib accident‚ which will keep him out of action for 3
weeks‚ when Jimmy Piersall picks him up and lugs him from the field to
break up Goody’s argument with umpire Jim Duffy. Del Wilber of the Sox
hits his 2nd consecutive pinch homer in the 8th; his first came on May


Hank Bauer goes 5-for-6 in an 18-3 Yankee romp over Boston. The Bombers
score 11 runs in the 7th inning. The BoSox come away with a
record-tying 10 assists in the 5th inning as they rack up 18 for the
game. The 10 in one inning was last done on August 17, 1921 by the New
York Giants.


Before a Friday Ladies’ Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64‚183‚ the
first-place Red Sox take their 15th straight game‚ a 5-4 win over the
Yankees. Earl Johnson gets the win with 4 innings of scoreless relief. A
Joe DiMaggio grand slam accounts for all the Bombers’ scoring.


Monte Pearson pitches a one hitter in stopping the White Sox at
Comiskey‚ 6-0. Joe DiMaggio hits his first 2 homers of the year and
George Selkirk his 5th for the Yankees. Chicago’s only hit is a one-out
first inning single by Larry Rosenthal‚ who was erased on a DP. 


Lou Gehrig hits 2 home runs  (one a grand slam) and a pair of doubles‚
tying a record with four extra base hits‚ and drives in 7 runs. The
performance by the Iron Horse is all the more remarkable given that he’s
suffering from a bad cold, and has to leave the game after 5 innings.
The New Yorkers thrash the White Sox 13-3. During the game, Yankee
outfielder Ben Chapman shouts racial slurs at a Jewish fan. In 1947 he
will lead the dugout bigots in protest of Jackie Robinson.


At the Stadium‚ Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth hit back-to-back homers off
Tiger starter Sam Gibson‚ and the Yankees outscore the visitors 13-9.
Herb Pennock is the winner.


The Yankees commit a club record 8 errors‚ but still end up beating the
Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings. Yankee shortstop Claud Derrick commits three
of the miscues. He will field just .872 for the year. In a deal that
might be related to Derrick’s poor performance, the Yankees deal for
sure-gloved SS Roger Peckinpaugh ten days later.



1868: Ed Barrow is born 


leading the Red Sox to World Series wins in 1915 and 1918 as manager
(where he was also credited with the momentous decision to make Babe
Ruth an everyday position player), Barrow moved to New York, and served
as General Manager of the Yankees from 1921 to 1944, during which the
team emerged as the powerhouse of Major League Baseball. Barrow was
active in establishing one of the strongest farm systems in baseball
during this period.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
on January 21, 1953 by the Committee on Baseball Veterans. He died later
that year in Port Chester, NY at age 85. Ed Barrow is interred in
Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.

April 15, 1954, the Yankees dedicated a plaque to Barrow, which first
hung on the center field wall at Yankee Stadium, near the flagpole and
the monuments to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins, and later in
the Stadium’s Monument Park. The plaque called him ‘Moulder of a
tradition of victory.’ 

5/09 in Yankee History

The red-letter day –

1930: In a
game between the Yankees and the Tigers at the Stadium, the outfielders
of both teams make a total of only 2 putouts for an AL
record that has never been equalled. The NL record for outfield idleness
is one
chance (Pittsburgh versus Brooklyn‚ August 26‚ 1910). Detroit’s George
Uhle strikes out 8 in winning‚ 5-4‚ and dropping the Yanks to 7th
place. Henry Johnson (7 innings) and George Pipgras are the New York


On other 9ths of May…

2008: Don’t say we didn’t warn you… The Yankees recall kei Igawa from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 9, optioning righty reliever Chris Britton to
AAA to make room for the embattled Japanese southpaw. Igawa takes the mound against  the Tigers in Comerica Park and allows 6 runs on 11 hits in 3 innings. A spirited
Yankee rally in the 9th falls short in the 6-5 loss.


1999: The Yankees defeat the Mariners 6-1. Reliever Mike Stanton makes his 1st
major league start for New York, ending his major league record streak of 552
consecutive relief appearances prior to his first start. The previous record of
443 was set by Gary Lavelle of the Giants.


The Yankees beat the Rangers 5-3 at the Stadium, with Jesse Barfield
contributing a 2-run homer. For the first time since April 10th‚ no
Major League games are shutouts‚ ending a
streak of 29 consecutive days with at least one whitewashing.


For the second night in a row, Yankee pitching surrenders a walkoff
homer to Seattle’s Tom Paciorek. The second shot is a 3-run dinger off
Ron Davis giving the Mariners
a 6-5 win over the visiting Bombers. 
The previous night‚ Paciorek led off the 9th with a homer off Rudy May
to give
Seattle a 3-2 win.


1966: At Minneapolis‚ the 6-20 Yankees edge the Twins‚ 3-2. Roger Maris‚ Mickey Mantle and Joe Pepitone‚ with the
game-winner in the 9th inning‚ hit homers for New York.


At Cleveland, Pedro Ramos gives up 4 home runs to New York – Tony
Kubek‚ Mickey Mantle‚ Joe Pepitone‚ and Hector Lopez -as the Yanks win


1958: After six straight home rainouts‚ the Yanks play their first home night
game of the year‚ against Washington. Mickey Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 3rd
with an inside-the-park solo homer off Pedro Ramos. New York roll to a 9-5 win.


1953: At Fenway, the first place Yanks beat the Red Sox 6-4.  Mickey Mantle hits one homer off Bill Werle and is robbed of
another when Jimmy Piersall  makes a sensational catch at the Sox bullpen in
right-center field.


Vic Raschi tosses a 5-hitter at Detroit, but the Tigers still set back
the first-place Yankees 4-1‚ as Bengal hurler Ted Gray matches the
performance of his opposite number. Dick Wakefield’s solo homer off
Raschi completes the scoring by the home side.


1944: Joe McCarthy returns to the Yankee dugout after missing much of spring training and the early season due
to illness.


1943: The Yankees take the opening game of a doubleheader with the A’s with a 13-1 thrashing behind Spud
Chandler (3-0). Chandler contributes a three-run inside-the-park homer
in the first inning. Roy Weatherly is 5-for-5 with a triple and homer.
His homer is followed by another from Charlie Keller. The A’s rebound to
win game 2, 4-3, holding Weatherly hitless.


1940: The
New York press reports the impending sale of the Yankees by the Ruppert
estate to political bigwigs Jim Farley and Jesse Jones.
The Sporting News declares the sale will be for $4 million. The imminent
sale will resurface on the front pages several times during the next
year‚ but it never happens.


Jacob Ruppert (1867-1939)  

1903: The Boston Americans top the visiting Highlanders 12-5‚ with a little
help from umpire Bob Caruthers‚ who tosses out New York pitcher Jesse Tannehill
and second baseman Jimmy Williams for arguing balls and strikes.



5/08 in Yankee History

2009:  In his first game of the season
after missing six weeks because of hip surgery, Alex Rodriguez hits the
first pitch he sees from Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie for a three-run home
run in a 4-0 Yankees win that ends a five-game losing streak. CC
Sabathia pitches a four-hit shutout in his best performance since
signing a free agent contract over the winter. 


2003: The Yankees jump on the Mariners for 10 runs in the 3rd inning, Alfonso Soriano topping off a barrage of singles with a two-run homer, on their way to a 16-5 victory.  David Wells now goes to 5-0.


1996: Recent Yankee acquisition Dwight Gooden wins his first American League game, pitching his new club to a 10-3 victory over the Tigers at home in the Bronx.


Jose Tartabull‚ Mike Stanley‚ and Gerald Williams go deep
back-to-back-to-back for the Yankees in the 6th inning of NY’s 8-4 win
over Boston.


Howard Spira is found guilty of trying to extort money from George
Steinbrenner. Spira had already received $40‚000 from the Yankee owner.

As reported by Dick Heller in the New York Times:

Though the George Steinbrenner-Howard Spira association has been
overshadowed in public memory by Pete Rose’s ongoing ban for gambling,
it remains one of the less savory episodes in recent sports history


Winfield (above, left) and Steinbrenner (right) became mortal enemies
after the Yankees signed him to a 10-year, $15 million contract as a
free agent in 1981. When Winfield failed to spark the Yankees to
pennants, as Reggie Jackson had as the legendary “Mr. October” in the
late 1970s, Steinbrenner derisively tagged him “Mr. May.”

That didn’t bother Winfield as much as Steinbrenner’s refusal to honor a
contractual agreement to pay $300,000 to Winfield’s charitable
foundation. This set off a series of lawsuits between owner and player,
but Steinbrenner clearly overstepped his bounds when he hired Spira to
do his dirty work.
     As a 21-year-old go-fer for Winfield, Spira
once had unlimited access to the slugger. But after Winfield refused to
loan Spira $15,000 to pay off sizable gambling debts, his former aide
approached Steinbrenner.
     The Yankees’ owner, meanwhile, had
tried various tactics to discredit Winfield, a quiet man who was elected
to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2001 after a superb 22-year career. Once
he forced an audit that purportedly showed the foundation spent $6 for
every $1 it gave away. The two men continued to haggle in court and the
media. Steinbrenner apparently figured Spira would give him more
     Steinbrenner later claimed in a Playboy magazine
interview that he paid Spira $40,000 because “he was harassing my
family; my daughters were scared; he was harassing people who were close
to me.”
     The interviewer asked Steinbrenner whether he had been afraid.
“You’re [darn] right I was! And after that, there was a death threat at
my hotel. … Now, everybody says, ‘Yeah, but look at Howard Spira.
He’s a little guy.’ But Sirhan Sirhan was a little guy. Lee Harvey
Oswald was a little guy…I was scared stiff… I told him to take the
$40,000 [and go away].”

In Cleveland‚ there are tornado warnings‚ but New York supply all the
damage when Mickey Mantle connects for a 3-run homer off Tommy John in
the 4th inning to lead New York to a 10-3 win.

1956: Mickey Mantle clouts an Early Wynn pitch in the 6th to tie the Indians at 2-2‚ and New York edge the Tribe 4-3



After 13 straight losses to the Yankees‚ the Red Sox win a dramatic
11-inning 2-1 thriller at Fenway. Billy Goodman’s homer off starter
Johnny Sain gives starter Hal Brown the win. Dick Gernert’s 2nd inning
HR is the other Boston score. In Boston’s last win over New York‚ August
9‚ 1952‚ all the scores came on solo homers.


1949: Behind the 2-hit pitching of Tommy Byrne‚ the Yanks roll over Detroit 12-0. Gene Woodling scores 5 runs



A game with the Yankees draws a record 52‚000 to Comiskey Park but
Waite Hoyt spoils the party by winning one of his league-leading 22
games‚ 9-0‚ the 2nd straight shutout of the Sox. Batterymate Pat Collins
homers in the 7th‚ while Lou Gehrig adds a pair of triples.


                  Pat Collins 

The Yankees score 7 in the 2nd but lose to Detroit 14-10‚ knocking
themselves out of the lead; Washington move into first.


                                    The 1926 Yankees

The procession of Yankees to the plate in the 4th inning of a 10-3
romp over the Red Sox at the Polo Grounds reaches 16 batters as the homesiders plate all their runs in that frame.

Meanwhile, the Times headlines: ‘BALL GRABBERS, READ THIS. Guy Clarke Fined $3
for Taking Ball Hit Into Polo Grounds Bleachers. “It isn’t safe to try
to get away with a ball when a home run is hit into the bleachers at the
Polo Grounds. Yesterday in the ninth inning Peckinpaugh of the Yankees
hit a home run into the left field bleachers and the ball was grabbed by
Guy Clarke, a chauffeur, of 68 West Ninety-eighth Street, who tried to
get away with the prize. Tom Kelly, one of the park policemen, tried to
persuade Clarke to give it up but he refused, so he was arrested by a
policeman who was summoned from outside of the park.” “In the Night
Court, Magistrate Sims told Clark that he had no more right to take a
baseball at the Polo Grounds than he had to take his (the magistrate’s)
watch. James McIlravy of the park police stated to the court that
between twenty-five and thirty balls were lost at the grounds each
week.” “Clark was fined $3.”



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